Dear Illy,


Guilty as charged: I love my dog. I assume most people love their dogs as well, but I can prove that my dog Illy is the best dog in the world. Having joined our family when only eight weeks old and six pounds in weight, she is now nine and a half years old and our sixty-two-pound bundle of joy.

But I deviate!

My real purpose in writing this piece is to share my occasional thoughts as I walk my dog (well over 10,000 times so far) and look at her as another living creature on this third planet of a humble star. It is also to stimulate some discussion on how others see and even talk to their dogs, which I view as infinitely better than talking about sequestration all the time. I will also admit to being a trained scientist who has been exposed to such strange concepts as evolution (which I believe in), global warming and climate change (which I also believe in), and aliens (which I would like to believe in), and therefore I may be biased in forming my judgments, but here goes anyway.

I see a creature with two eyes, two ears, a mouth, a tongue, four limbs, a heart, lungs, and other internal organs that I have as well. My scientific sense tells me that this dog and I are related, distantly perhaps, but related nevertheless, and that it is only the vagaries of genetic mutation over very long time spans (more than I can comprehend) that accounts for our differences and differences with other living species.

I will also admit to talking to my dog, not because I believe she can fully understand what I am saying (although I believe she tries very hard to do so) but because she clearly has a brain that learns words, observes and records behavioral patterns, records smells, and thinks about things in her own way. My best example of her ‘thinking’ is when I walk her at night and ask her where she would like to stroll and she hesitates, looks around, and after a bit of what I would call cogitating, heads off in one of her favorite directions (she has four). Talking to her also makes me feel better about getting her to do things which she may not want to do (like going home when it’s cool outside) and I insist. All in all, I feel satisfied and she seems to usually get the message.

Breed: Akita and German Shepherd

Will our past dog reincarnate into our new dog?

Dear Louis and Sonya,

We had to put our 13 yr. old black cocker spaniel, Madison, (Maddi) down in Aug.  She was my shadow, my best friend and I miss her dearly.  Did she cross over?

I was so depressed, my husband suggested that we get another dog. Madison’s groomer does rescue, and we now have a white Akita mix.  She (Isis) seems to be adjusting to people, and my daughter’s two dogs are helping immensely.  We know that she had been in a terrible hording situation.

She seems to be happy here.  But she doesn’t seem to like my husband.  She growls at him when he talks to her.  It’s a low growl-not aggressive. Will she adjust to him?  Will Madison reincarnate into her?

Thank you very much for your time.


Dear Diane,

Maddi did cross over peacefully, and she’s talking to me right now.  What a gentle spirit she is! 

She would also like you to know that her energy already does enter into Isis’s body.  And as time goes on, you will see more and more of her personality in your new dog, Isis. 

When we pass from our worn out physical body, we are then in our energy light body and can move very freely between the physical and spiritual world.  Our energy is able to enter in to the physical form of another dog, and that’s what Madison is doing. 

Isis has her own personality.  She didn’t realize she could be this happy and wants to thank you for giving her such a wonderful home and life!  She tells me that she’s very good with people as well as other dogs.  She thinks that your husband is very kind to her and don’t worry too much about her little growl.  This is her way of responding to him.  I would suggest you get him to walk her – just the 2 of them together.  And feed her from time to time, so they have some special time together, one to one.

Madison and I are going off to play together in the beautiful green meadow with all our friends.  Soon, she’ll be visiting with all of you, her wonderful family.  She’s saying that dog’s life is the best life, when they’re with people with love them – and how they are both loved!  Both Madison and Isis are agreeing on this. 

Eventually, Madison will reside in Isis.  But this takes time, as she must get used to living in a physical body again. 

Love, love from Madison and me too!


Woof, woof!

Dear Kimi, Kodi, Kali & Kenzo…

I can’t even begin to tell you how much you all mean to my life. Up until you guys all came, I have had a incredibly negative view of the world and humanity – I’ve seen and experienced a lot of evil. Now I feel like there is still good and love in the world to fight for. Just coming home to all of you makes everything I do worth doing.


Breed: Akita/Chow/Aussie/German Shephard